About Rainforest Insects
The rainforest is home to many of the worlds most interesting insects. There are about 30 million different types of insects total in all the rainforests around the world. Here are just a few you can learn about.
There are more kinds of beetles than all other insect groups. One in every five named animal is a beetle. There may be 7 million different beetles most that don't have a name.. Some beetles are very large but most are very small
Rainforest butterflies are very colorful. The color is often produced by light processes such as defraction. Some butterflies use color to match their backgrounds (like camouflage) or pretend to be something fierce The owl faced butterfly has markings on its wings which resemble large eyes which scare off predators.
Rainforest Dragonflies are part of a group of insects called Odanata, and can fly forwards, backwards and sideways. They usually live in creeks and places that are hot and humid. They rarely move away from the water, in which female dragonflies lay their eggs Dragonfly bodies are long and slender and they have transparent wings that move very quickly up and down. They feed by catching small flies on their wings and they have very strong jaws for eating.
Praying Mantis get their name because they have very long front legs that they hold in a position that reminds people of praying. There are about 1,800 species of praying mantis around the world. Praying mantis eat mainly insects and other small animals. Many gardeners and farmers welcome mantis, because the insects they eat are often pests that hurt crops. In addition to insects such as crickets and grasshoppers, mantis eat spiders, frogs, lizards, and even small birds.
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